Executing an arbitrary function from a PHP file on pfSense

I accidentally overwrote the bind service’s startup script in /usr/local/etc/rc.d/. I had no backup, and I couldn’t remember the contents of the file. I had a look at the pfSense github packages repository and had a look through the bind section. I found bind.inc which had a function called bind_write_rcfile(). I toyed around with the idea of copying and pasting the code by hand, replacing the variables with their values (or what I thought were the values). I remembered that pfSense has a developer shell which allows you to execute PHP code. You type in the PHP and then type exec and press enter. The code gets executed. Yay. I required_once('bind.inc') and then pressed enter, then typed exec and again pressed enter. I jumped into the shell and checked the contents of the file, and hey presto! it was fixed.

This post is for my future reference. I hope it helps you too!

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